Liam McKnight is one of the many Canadians who benefit greatly from the use of extracted cannabis products. It was my honor to meet Liam and many other medical cannabis patients at the Supreme Court of Canada in Ottawa last weekend.
The RvSmith extract trial that I recently brought to the Supreme Court of Canada has been almost entirely funded by the Victoria Cannabis Buyers Club. As with previous court battles, the cost of navigating the law acts as an inherent tax on the club, keeping it from advancing out of debt. Since the V-CBC has been paying GST on their products, they have also been contributing (like all tax payers) to their own prosecution.
Thanks to the recent fundraising push on social media and through the GoFundMe website, we have been able to recover some of the expenses of this ordeal. Over $7,000 has been donated online and around $10,000 offline. Due to unforeseen additional legal expenses, our Ottawa bill was $10,000 more than we had expected. This means we will need to continue our fundraising campaign while we wait for a decision from the Supreme Court of Canada.
Until this recent outflow of public support, the fundraising campaign has been a burden laid solely on the V-CBC and it’s membership. The total costs amount to over $115,000.
Donations can be made directly to Kirk Tousaw by marking a Cheque to ‘Tousaw Law Corporation’ with the memo line, Owen Smith Trust Account, and send it to 4768 Fairbridge Drive, Duncan, BC V9L6N8. Also donations can be made to the V-CBC at 826 Johnson Street, Victoria, BC, V8W1N3.
Read more about our short trip to Ottawa and more here on the Cannabis Digest blogs. Thankyou to everybody who has donated so far. You are helping us to make history for medical cannabis patients across Canada.